It’s been too long since I’ve updated my blog, my goal this year is to reconnect and post here more often!
Since 2021 has brought many ups and downs I used this time to grow my skills and gear as a Music Producer. The “About” section has an updated list of studio goodies, and am also looking to relocate to a slightly bigger room here at my facility in the near future.
I have been working on music for this year, so stay tuned for some great upcoming releases!
All the best to everyone for 2022 😀
I’ve been taking a Music Business course this fall, for our group project we made a song together using a shared Google folder to transfer wav files that were recorded at everyone’s home to bring together onto my system. Each group had a manager, creators and Tech (me!). I would email rough MP3 mixes to the creators for review then revise as needed. We only had one major revision and it worked out very nicely! Utilizing my other instruments, I added P-Bass and programmed Drums for the arrangement. A combination of Neve 1073 and SSL 4000 Series emulations were used for tracking. I added three separate reverbs and delays to flavor things up in the mix as well, using techniques I recently learned from Chris Lord Alge. For mastering (HA! “Mastering…”) the chain I used was the Drawmer S73 processor for clarity, Focusrite Red EQ for more transparency, then finally just a tad of the Red 3 Compressor for a final “glue.”
Pretty amazing how technology can still bring us together during times like these.
Guitar/Vocals – Lucas Sanchez
Acoustic Guitar – Eric Sedillo
Vocals – Claudia Melo
Drums/Bass – Marc deVasconcelos
I’ve been wanting to get headphones near my drum set and in my vocal booth so I sought out the Mackie HM-4. This small piece of gear has been very helpful!
I have only two of four outputs in use at this time but will get another set near my keyboard/percussion, also I like having one spare output for anyone else that needs to listen in.
The sound is very transparent and has plenty of headroom. I wedged the unit between some window and door trim for now but would like to have it permanently mounted in the near future! Another band in my building uses the HM-4 and really like it as well! If you have a need for a simple headphone distribution amp, this is a good deal and performs great on a daily basis!
Again I thank my good friend Shawn for helping me out with some studio goodies 😀
My first gear review! Cross your fingers, let’s see how this goes…
If you’ve been thinking about getting this monitor controller for any number of reasons, I’d say do it! You might find yourself wondering how you got along without this device before. Besides switching between inputs and speakers it has some very useful functions.
At times in my small studio I leave the door open from the iso booth to communicate to the artist faster. The mute button is the quick way to make sure I didn’t leave the monitor volume up during recording eliminating any feedback to the active mic. We use headphones while tracking, then listen back through the monitors after numerous takes. Not many people listen back in Mono when mixing down, but it can be VERY useful for phase issues and making sure levels are in balance. This is a lost feature on many current recording interfaces and I’m really glad to see it available here. I’ll be honest, I do not currently use the Dim button but maybe in the future a use will surface. It does exactly what is says, lowering the signal -20db when activated. But also returns to the previous volume immediately when released. I’d rather just turn the knob, which I can access much easier now that it’s not confined to just the front of my interface.
Before I only had one set of 6.5″ near fields available for play back but they’re positioned for mixing while sitting down. Since I like to stand while working, my small satellite-style PA setup helped to expand the listening area as far field monitors. Now having the Big Knob connecting between the two is super easy. Not only can I now switch between my near and far field speakers, but also the inputs from my recording interface or the output of my DJ mixer for practicing on my turntables.
You’ll notice first thing there is some weight to it which is Mackie all the way. Solid and heavy in true “Built-Like-A-Tank” construction. Signals pass through with complete transparency and no coloration just like their mixers. The volume knob is just loose enough but stops or “sticks” where you leave it and is SUPER SMOOTH.
Like I said, if you’re on the fence make the jump! For a passive switch I’m not sure it can get any better than this when you compare feature for feature.
A big thank you goes to my friend Shawn who is always supportive in my pursuit of music 😀
Geek out on the Mackie website and owners manual links below
I realized I haven’t posted on my blog for quite a while! Mostly because I’ve been locked in my studio watching You Tube videos, getting better at recording and producing… you can check out some of my music at www.soundcloud.com/marcdevasconcelos.Still DJing of course, although I started DJing because I wanted to be a producer, so here we are!
So far I’ve been working with a couple different artists, helping with arrangements and recording. So far the process has been awesome and am looking forward to doing much more with this 🙂 Any inquiries for music projects please call me at (415) 632-7508 or email email@example.com
Hear this and more at www.soundcloud.com/marcdevasconcelos